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Power to the 
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Michael Waterman 
Eric Lyon 
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Doug Harvey 

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RIDE: Orjly the Price Is Right 

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Thai's (11 K UkN ■ Greyhound lo 
do Ih* entlre'trlp. Ah well. I kill 
two of Ihoie hour* it BtulcTttff 1 
chowlng down menudo. 

It'i when I come back to the 
depot that I realize I'm not done 
with Ihi* Idea. 

There's ■ guy leaning sgainit hli 
airly red backpack. Hsdn'i he been 
on the laat but? He'* talking to ■ 
couple of young guy*, showing • 
slip of piper lo one of them, who It 
■ending later beama of apll to the 
concrete and taking mouth -corner 
drags from a cigarette. 

I li** The 305 finally pulls up. 20 
mlnulei late. The three men leap 
up All of then have bedraggled 
little yellow tranafer*. 

I Join them and pay another 25 
cents. Total now, 1 1.75. 

The two guya awing up 10 the 
back of the hue. One twiddle* a 
guilar. the other pulla out a knife 
and itarta aharpenlng 11 on a atone. 
Someone elae on board Is reading a 
Bible or Koran aloud to himself. 
During Ihla man su-etcn. either 
we're all going to be knifed or 
prMelytiied to death. 

The guy with the backpack la 
fUll down front, talking in a aort of 
Caribbean accent with the driver. 
He ahowa him a email, heavily 
fingered white card. It hat the 
number* of the chain of buses from 
San Diego to Lo* Angelea. 

- 1 got th la from the San Diego 
Reacue Iflaaton." he aaya. "They 
give them out to people who have 
to go up to L.A. lo pick up their 
Social Security ehecka." 
So much for my brilliant Idea, 
We paaa Into Camp Pendleton 
under a aign saying, "Recycle 
Semper Ft" 

There't i lot of people doing 
what you folk are doing," the 
driver aaya. "We get a lot of vela, 
loo. They come down from L.A - 
even San Francteco— lo VA hoa- 
pitali that have the specialty they 
need. Take* 'em maybe a day and a 
half and tS-H to get down front 
Friaeoto the VA m La Jolla." 

We're driving through the ieo- 
lated countryside of the Marine 
baae. With ao few on the but, H 
almott feels like family. The driver 
aaya to call hua Roy. Roy Cardi- 
gan. 

"You feller* are lucky, know 
thai*" he aaya. "Actually. Juet lo 
take you on ihla stretch coats the 
bua company tT each. That'a our 
real coat- per -paaaenger. The real 
it made up from subsidies. Hell, a 
dollars. Lai la 15 years, and K has to 
be driven, maintained, fueled 
up. . . . You're getting the laat of 

the great travel bargains. " 



;ei me a car and drive back horned TOTS^O ! 
to New GTleane. Settle into the old *'•*■>■' -'V) 
neighborhood, so I'm near my two 
ex- wives and my children. Cot one 
kid hist bom with my second 
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it of Marine jarheada. He opena 
ihe front door. 

"You guya want a Ufl some- 
where?" he yells. The aergeant 
anawen, "No thank*. We've got a 

Tew mile* to go— On (COL" 

Roy eloac* Ihe door. There you 
go." he aaya. "Sec how lucky you 
are? You got a nice warm bus and 
you got roe. Know how far I've 
driven since I've been with the 
company? Six -hundred -ninety - 
thoueand mile*. I'm 61 now. Ill 
have done a million mile* by the 
time they re lire me al 65." 

ltd* San Clemente. 

Aa we slurp coffee al a Carl's Jr. 
wailing for ihe 91 bu*. the guy with 
the Caribbean accent aaya hla 
name Is Robl Will lam*. Me* got an 
accent because he's from New 
Ot leans. He haa 1 10 in hla pocket. 
Slept In Balboa Park laat night. Is 
working hi* way up lo Seattle. 

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yet." 

The guy ... 
■ays his name I* Spray PalnL 

-■Honest." he "says. "I changed it 
'by deed poll. Two year* ago. When , 
I waa young. 18." 

Spray Paint la an artlat. Tin Into 
alrbmah designing. Dropped out of 
high *ehoot In llth grade. Started 
my own company. My motto wa* 
'You name u. I'll do It' Trouble 
was, nobody named It. I got no 
work. Now. my grandma hist 
tossed me out of her house In San 
Diego. Thai'* why I'm here. Pm 
broke. Heh! Going up lo sec my 
momlnL,A." 

Hla friend's name la Kevin 
Fleming. He'* a musician, and he'* 
really known a* K-T. He'* on hi* 
way lo Santa Ana lo "clear up a 
will." 

"I gol to gel to tome bua shelter 
north of L.A. by nightfall," aay* 
Rob), "so I can stretch out there 
and start with the bird* tomor- 

, We're bulling through ihe faah- 
Ionable *burbt of San Clemente. 
Outside, gated beachfront commu- 
nities whislt by. At > atop, a young _i 
woman tries lo clamber aboard J~- 
with two huge plaatie bag* filled o> 
with soda can*. Root Jump* tap and = 
take* them from her. He hauls 13 
them clanking up the back. She O 
thank* him with an educated voice > 
and lowered eyes. 

1 M pau The 9 1 drop* m off at ■ 
Kmart We're not quite sure where 
It la. By now our sense of geogra- 
phy is hlitory. 

Spray Punt and K-7 aay goodby 
and climb aboard an 88 for Ana- 
heir- Robl Willi.™ and 1 are 
holding faat at f 1.75 as we catch a 
07— free with Iranafer— for Lagu- 
na Beach and on lo the neo- Vene- 
tian Faahion Island null In New- 
port Beach. There, 10 centa and 
another transfer get Us aboard the 
Long Beach-bound 85. Total apenti 

suE 

We split at Long Beach. It's 
almoal emotional. 

"You warn lo know ihe truth?" 
he aay* a* we haul into Ihe Blue ; 
Une trolley tcrnHnal. T had to- 
leave New Orleans. My second: 
wife ran out en me. pregnant *nd 
all. She wouldn't let aw aa* ker. I 
and her riot letting me came, 
around. Now aha won't lei me see 
my own ion. All I want la 
beck— maybe 

He struggle* Inle hi* ba ck pack. 
Jumps out the door., runs toward 
some buses and I* gone. 

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Aa I climb the platform steps to 
the Blue Une at the Long Beach 

terminal. I feel like some conquer- 
ing hero. Utile do theae commul- 
era know what odysney haa juat . 
been undertaken. 

li's not until I rlndka aaai thai 
fatigue actually seta In. Aa the train 
roll* along, a cramp hits my left . 
foot. Some people do true every- 
day—and not by choice— and sur- 
vive without complaining. But my 
bun*, my tower back, my knee* 
I which have been bent loo much). 
are all screaming "Enoughr 

The hour It take* to get lo LA. la 
one of the longecl of my Hfe. 

Eleven hour* and 40 miauus 
after leaving Coronado. we pull In 
to downtown Lea Angelea Arrival 
Umei 5.49 p.m. In thai time I could 
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URBAN/EXPRESS TRANSFER 

BOLETO DE TTVWSBORDO URBANO-EXPRtS 
AGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS 

HUMEHOS TELETOWCOS 
San Diego Transil — 238-0100 
National City Transit — 474-7505 
Chuia V*ta Transit — 691-5050 
County Transit Express- 263-4481 - 
County Transit MM 

East County Area — 448-2720 

Poway Transit — 746-8152 

SPV > Spring Valley 0<al-A-Rkte — 295-1 183 

NE Rural Bus — 765-0145 

SE Rural Bus — 476-5675 
San D,ago Trolley — 695-4949 

231 -8549 [Taped Information) 
Routes 001, 902, 903, 932, 933934,— 232-7579 
SDT DRT . DART — 293-DART 
ELC • El Cajon Express — 233-3004 
LAM ■ La Mesa Diat-A-RNH — 462-01 71 
LEM ■ Lemon Grove CNaJ-A-Ride — 234-61 60 
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TRANSFER POOCY 

This transfer sup (TO BE ISSUED ONLY AT TIME 

FARE JS PAID) may be used to transfer to any 

regular roula. -dial-a-ride service, or ADA 
Paratransit Services listed above until the time 
punched on the slip. It is not good tor a return trip 
on the original route of tearing or any route on 
ihe same printed public timetable as the original 
route of boarrjng. In case of controversy, please 
pay fare requested and report the circumstances 
including time and routs number to Ihe issuing 
agency. Upon request, senior and disabled ridera 
must show proper proof of eligibility tor any transfer 
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[thought this idea wu my idea. 
The brilliant light bulb came on one day when a San 
Diego but driver handed mc a Utile slip of yellow paper. 
A transfer. 

Why not I thought! Just keep transferring all the way to 
Los Angeles, to San Francisco, to The World! And for a 
mere Buck -25. 

So on a Friday morning 1 took off for Bill's Excellent 
Adventure. 



6.-05 a-m-: By dawn's early drizzle, the 901 rocks around 
the comer of Orange Avenue in Coronado. Little does the 
driver realize— as she hands me the transfer— that she will 
be the first of many to help me on - . ■ y-; 

my way to Los Angeles. 

fc<5: The SO! arrives la down 
town San Diego. Switch to a 34 to 
UC San Diego in La Jolia. 

7:50: Now on a 301 North Coun- 
ty bus to Occanside. (The driver 
charges 25 cents, so the total now 
spent is 11.50. but the principle is 
holding.) 

The going's slow. We seem 10 
■top at every red light between 
San Diego and Oceanside and pick 
up and drop off every citizen that 
belongs to a seniors' club. We're 
even visited by the green-uni- 
formed migrat, who haul off two 
apparently illegal immigrants in 
cuffs. 

tsH: The 301 pulls in to the cavernous depot at 
Oceanside. I'm already deciding how to write the All- 
America Cheap Travel Guide ... and where 111 go for 
lunch in L. A. 

It turns out the bus to Orange County isn't due until 
11=20. Two and one-hair hours! That's all ft takes « 
, Greyhound to do the entire trip. Ah well. I kill two of those 
hours at Bessie's cafe chowingdown menudo. 

It's when I come back to the depot that 1 realize I'm not 
alone with this idea. 



There's a guy leaning against his dirty red backpack. 
Hadn't he been on the last bus? He's talking to a couple of 
young guys, showing a slip of paper to one of them, who a 
sending laser beams of spit to the concrete and taking 
mouth -comer drags from a cigarette. 

11:40: The 305 finally pulls up. 20 minutes late. The three 
men leap up. All of them have bedraggled little yellow 
transfers. 

I Join them and pay another 25 cents. Total now ; 1 1 .75. 

The two guys swing up 10 the back of the bus. One 
twiddles a guitar, the other pulls out a knife and staru 
sharpening it on a stone. Someone else on board is reading 

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1 ■lil II l w test a»l win a trip tor 
■r two on North 3an Diego 
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Stest winners will board 
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Ktatijfor arrl4e to aoenlo 
downtown Ooeamalde. At 
the end of the year PPM 
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winner who will ride olty 
buses from San Diego to 
Los Angeles'. 



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